Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Audience Enjoys Shawnn Monteiro’s Mellow Sounds

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 1, 2017 8:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Those jazz fans who ventured to the Branford Green on Thursday, even with a slight threat of rain, were treated to a relaxing night of captivating sound with vocal artist Shawnn Monteiro and her trio including the legendary 88-year-old Jimmy Cobb on drums, saxophonist Javon Jackson, rising newcomer Matt De Champagne on keys, and veteran Dave Zinno on bass.

Bill O'Brien Photo You didn’t have to come from that golden era of music in the ‘40s and early ‘50s with vocalists like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald to remember some of the hits back then with songs like, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “Somewhere There’s Music.” So when Shawnn performed them on Thursday it brought back fond memories of that bygone era. Here she sings “I Didn’t Know What time It Was.”

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 28, 2017 9:02 am

We have a jazz bonus this week. Peliroja, which was rained out a couple of weeks ago, will perform Friday night. But the weekend belongs to trolley aficionados, cat lovers, and history buffs. If you miss the Alps Farmers Market, check out the pop-up farmers market on the green Tuesday night; it’s held in conjunction with the Community Dining Room’s Kids’ Night. Read on – there are lots more cool events coming up. If you have a cool event you’d like listed, email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, July 28


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General Assembly Overrides Malloy’s Affordable Housing Veto

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 7:44 am | Comments (2)

Rep. Larry Butler, chair of the Housing Committee. UPDATE—Without a vote to spare, the state legislature voted in special session Monday to override the governor’s veto of a bill to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The House of Representatives needed 101 votes — and that’s what they got yesterday afternoon. The Senate needed 24 votes, and that was the outcome last night.

Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford),  has worked for many years to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute 8-30g. She was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that will now become law.

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A Roundabout Emerges Near Blackstone Library

by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2017 9:03 am

With Permission Residents attending an information session about a proposed roundabout for Main Street seemed intrigued by the idea. The new configuration on the western side of the Town Center would eliminate confusing intersections at Main, South Main, Eades and Laurel streets and would also address traffic issues on Cedar Street near the Blackstone Library.

Diana Stricker Photo Several of the 40 people attending the meeting Thursday night at the firehouse community room asked questions or voiced support for the plans, while a few opposed the idea.

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One With Ben

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Jul 10, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo UPDATED—The Branford green was packed with friends and strangers tonight paying tribute to 10-year-old Ben Callahan, who died after falling into the Branford River Friday and being sucked into a culvert. Speakers from all aspects of his life described his “peaceful warrior” nature, love of sports and music, and his devotion to his family and church. It was an experience that truly united the town and it drew to a close as the sun set. 

Mary Johnson Photo Amid a crowd of close to two thousand people, coaches and teachers and friends and family took to the stage to describe an extraordinary boy who touched the lives of many and was primed to be a leader.

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First Summer Jazz Gig Attracts Big Crowd to Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 3, 2017 8:00 am

Bill  O'Brien Photo The Branford Jazz on the Green Series kicked off Thursday night,  featuring a band known as “The Recess Bureau,” a group of nine talented musicians who play jazz their way. All attended Western Connecticut State University in Danbury where they pursued their interest in jazz.

Bill  O'Brien Photo Before an audience of about 700 on the town green, the group opened up their first set with their own tune, one named “Bad Actor,”  followed by “Vermin Supreme.”  Four other songs from the first set were from their 2016 self-titled album—“‘Grab the Hotsauce,” “The Great Moose,”  “Council of the Pigs”  and “Nocturn.” They performed two sets of nine songs, ending their performance at about 8:30 p.m.

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A Conversation in a Seaside Town about Tyranny

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIt is a Friday night in the upscale seaside town of Guilford; it is a warm evening, the kind of evening when the audience gathered to hear the speaker might be on their boats or going out to dinner or fixing a barbeque at the start of the weekend.

Instead some 150 people are at the Guilford Community Center where they await a talk by Timothy Snyder, the author of “On Tyranny,” a book he wrote after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Snyder teaches history at Yale University.

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